Understanding hair let alone your hair is a process trust me…
When considering what hair care products to purchase you might also want to consider your Hair texture which is the measure of the circumference of the hair strand itself.
Professionals classify the texture of hair as being
“coarse”, “fine”, or “medium”.
Coarse hair has the largest circumference, and fine hair has the smallest. Medium texture indicates a middle-range of the size of the hair shaft, it’s considered normal and poses no special considerations regarding processing and chemical services. Coarse hair is stronger, for obvious reasons – it has more substance.
Three ways to find out what your Hair Texture is:
How long does it take for your hair to dry naturally? Your hair is fine or thin if it takes less than an hour to dry.
Your hair is thick if it takes more than an hour to dry.
What (most of) your individual strands look like
F – Fine
Thin strands that sometimes are almost translucent when held up to the light. Shed strands can be hard to see even against a contrasting background. Similar to hair found on many people of Scandinavian descent.
You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Fine hair is difficult to feel or it feels like an ultra-fine strand of silk
M – Medium
Strands are neither fine nor coarse. Similar to hair found on many Caucasians.
You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Medium hair feels like a cotton thread. You can feel it, but it isn’t stiff or rough. It is neither fine or coarse.
C – Coarse
Thick strands that where shed strands usually are easily identified against most backgrounds. Similar to hair found on many people of Asian or native American descent.
You can also try rolling a strand between your thumb and index finger. Coarse hair feels hard and wiry. As you roll it back and forth, you may actually hear it.
You can also refer to this method as well:
- Pull out a single hair.
- Put it against a piece of white paper. This way you will identify your hair type much easier.
- Fine hair is difficult to see and not easily felt between the fingers.
- Medium hair is easily seen against the white paper, but it will not feel wiry between the fingers.
- Coarse hair will be very visible against the white paper. It will feel quite wiry between the fingers.
**Determine Your overall volume of hair **
Put your hair in a ponytail with as much hair as possible in it. Don’t bother with the way it looks – the goal is to have most/all of your hair in there. If it means it sits smack dab on top of your head, put it there.
Measure the circumference of the ponytail. If you have bangs and/or you can’t get all of your hair in there adjust according to how much of your hair you have measured.
i – thin (less than 2 inches/5 centimeters)
ii – normal (between 2-4 inches or 5-10 centimeters)
iii– thick (more than 4 inches/10 centimeters)
To better help visual learners understand..you can refer to this:
- Your hair is thin if the circle is dime-sized or less.
- Your hair is thick if the circle is quarter-sized or more.
- Anything in-between is medium thickness or average.